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Denial: Rachel Weisz, Tom Wilkinson star in Holocaust thriller first trailer

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Rachel Weisz has one goal in the first Denial trailer: prove the Holocaust happened.

The first look at Bleecker Street’s indie based on a true story puts the Oscar winner Weisz in the shoes of author Deborah E. Lipstadt. (The two are seen together above in the first look at the movie.)

After Lipstadt published Denying the Holocaust, historian David Irving (Harry Potter actor Timothy Spall) sued her for libel. Given that English courts place the burden of proof on the defendant for a libel lawsuit, Lipstadt and her team, led by Richard Rampton (Tom Wilkinson) had to prove the Holocaust occurred to combat Irving’s lawsuit.

Things turn nasty in the trailer, from Irving claiming more women died in Sen. Ted Kennedy’s Chappaquiddick incident than at Auschwitz. Numerous estimates indicate at least 1 million people died at the notorious concentration camp.

Emmy winner Mick Jackson (Temple Grandin) directs the project, based on double Oscar nominee David Hare’s (The Hours, The Readers) script.

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See the first trailer below, via Apple. Denial opens in limited release on Sept. 30.